Call for more inspections of high-risk facilities

In its annual review of local authority regulation, the Environment Department (DEFRA) has criticised half of all councils in England and Wales for not inspecting high-risk industrial sites as often as required.

A survey of how English and Welsh local authorities regulate industrial installations has revealed that many still do not inspect installations frequently enough.

The same observation has been made in previous annual reports produced by the Environment Department (DEFRA). However, the government is so concerned by the figures that environment minister Lord Hunt has now written to all local authorities in England to highlight the issue. <

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